Architects' Council responds to threat of Services Directive
Ahead of the European elections in June and responding to the Services Directive to be implemented by 28 December, the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE) has laid down a set of suggestions for future MEPs to consider for policies on the regulation of architects.
At its General Assembly meeting in Helsinki at the end of April, the member organisations of the ACE examined the situation being faced by the official representative organisations of the architectural profession in some Member States in the context of the transposition the Services Directive which will be made into national law by 28 December this year. The aim of the Directive is to remove legal and administrative barriers to enhance the development of service activities between Member States of the EU.
“Of particular concern to the ACE is the fact that there appears to be a conceptually flawed thinking that derives from the assumption that certain aspects of the regulatory framework of the architectural profession, such as, for example, mandatory registration procedures, impede the principle of the freedom to provide services whereas the contrary is the case,” reads a statement by the ACE. “Such procedures are useful and necessary safeguards for the consumer. The ACE takes the view that it is important to ensure that at any rate, appropriate regulation is in place in order to safeguard the public interest.”
As such, the ACE call on future MEP’s not only to maintain regulation within architecture but to increase it.: “There is an urgent need to elaborate and build upon the policies and other relevant political
conclusions and declarations, relating to architecture and the built environment, that have been
adopted over recent years at EU level such that their recommendations become truly
integrated into all EU policies and legislation and, furthermore, see to their effective
transposition in the Member States,” reads the statement.
One of the recommendations is to increase the minimum duration of studies for architects from four years to five years supplemented by a period of two years qualifying professional practice experience.
Niki May Young